Category Archives: Weather

SWF3-51 The Lunar Eclipse


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A few weeks ago, on a night when the mercury was rapidly heading to the ice forming numbers, we were blessed with a partial lunar eclipse. We are a bit too south to see the full effect, but it was still pretty cool. By the time the full moon had reduced itself to a sliver, there wasn’t enough light for my little point and shoot camera, so I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get that. The eclipse lasted for about an hour, and I have to admit to being thankful when it was over – I was starting to lose feeling in my fingers.  But I am thankful for these shots. None of them have been re-touched at all, They are exactly how they came off my camera. (The first has been cropped).








Dry and Dusty

We are home from our week in the Flinders Ranges. It really is an amazing place full of HISTORY. Check out my photos on flickr and you will see the human history as well as the geological history – rocks that are over 600 million years old.


Brachina Gorge

But most of all, what struck me the most was how dry it was. The water level in the underground Aroona Spring in Brachina Gorge is so low that water can no longer be drawn from the spring.

You've ruined it 01

I walked around the abandoned town of Beltana, with the humidity below 10% and the temperature above 40C. The sweat didn’t pour out of me, it was being sucked out of me. Even the air is desperate for some moisture.

Beltana  Smith of Dunesk mission

We walked up a few creek beds. Creeks that in summers of my past had water at least trickling through them. We found a few stagnant pools, but mostly we found a jigsaw of cracked dried silt and in some cases plate sized circles of salt crystals growing on the rocks.

Eregunda Comet 03

I hope it rains soon